It didn’t take long for Donald Cerrone to get a fight booking.
The longtime MMA fighter will step in at short notice to replace Bobby Green against Jim Miller in a rematch at UFC 276 on July 2. The fight is scheduled for welterweight rather than lightweight. The reason for Green’s withdrawal has not been disclosed.
The news was confirmed by MMA Junkie following an initial report from UFC’s broadcast partner ESPN.
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Cerrone (36-16 MMA, 23-13 UFC) is coming off an unlucky streak that left him without a fight in 2022. “Cowboy” was scheduled to fight Joe Lauzon in May, but fell ill the day of the fight and was forced to withdraw. The fight was rescheduled for last Saturday, but Lauzon’s knee locked on the day of the fight and he couldn’t fight.
Cerrone is looking to break the worst slip of his career. The 39-year-old is on a six-fight winless streak that includes five losses (four to the finish) and one no contest. Cerrone’s most recent win came in May 2019 when he edged Al Iaquinta for a unanimous decision.
Miller (34-16 MMA, 23-15 UFC) is on a two-fight winning streak with finishes over Erick Gonzalez and Nikolas Motta. The 38-year-old last fought in February at UFC Fight Night 201.
Cerrone and Miller first fought in July 2014 at a main event in Atlantic City, NJ Cerrone earned a post-fight bonus with a knockout resulting from a headbutt. At the time, it was Cerrone’s fourth straight win and fourth consecutive bonus. He went on to win four more and earn a lightweight title shot, but was stopped in 66 seconds by then-champion Rafael dos Anjos.